As time passes, many people forget just how popular The Bee Gees were during the 1960s and particularly the 1970s. The have sold in excess of 200 million albums worldwide and have had 41 singles reach the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in the United States, including nine which reached Number One.
Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb began playing together in the late 1950s and by the early 1960s had formed The Bee Gees. They performed and recorded regularly until Maurice's death in 2003. Surviving brothers, Barry and Robin, resurrected the Bee Gees name in 2009 in order to perform together.
Brothers Robin and Barry have issued a number of solo albums down through the years. During the summer of 2009, Robin and his backing band pulled into the concert grounds of Ledreborg Castle in Denmark for a performance. Also on hand was the Danish National Concert Orchestra. That concert will soon be released on DVD as Robin Gibb In Concert with The Danish National Concert Orchestra.
The 17-song set combines some of Robin's solo songs, such as “Juliet,” “Saved By The Bell,” and his tribute to a deceased DJ friend, “Alan Freeman Days,” with a number of classic Bee Gees tunes from different periods of their career.
While I have a couple of his solo albums tucked away somewhere in my music collection, this DVD is my first exposure to his solo voice in a live setting. While it may not be as strong as during the 1960s and 1970s, it is still a formidable instrument. He also wisely surrounds himself with a trio of female singers to provide harmonies, which are integral to the sound of many of these songs.
Barry Gibb tended to be the vocal focal point on many of the band's material. This was especially true during their disco period as his piercing falsetto would soar above the mix. Robin takes the songs in different directions as his normal voice is lower and its tone is different. This makes for unique interpretations of a number of well-known songs. The final result is different but pleasurable.